If your significant other feels that you can’t cook a thing, it’s time to shoot that idea to the ground with a dessert recipe that’s simple and original.
It’s your partner’s birthday, and she has no idea of the special surprise you’ve planned for her. You normally take her out to dinner and a movie, but this year you want to personalise your gift by doing the unexpected – cook for her.
She knows you’re not a culinary expert, so this is the last thing she expects. We suggest picking a simple meal plan – maybe a Chinese rice and gravy recipe that you can easily create – followed by the most lip-smacking dessert of all time.
Always follow a recipe
Though it seems relatively easy to create most desserts, the same sweet treats can be enormously complex in terms of flavour and proportions of ingredients. You will find a lot of dessert recipes online, with variations in terms of ingredients, cooking method and even presentation. If you’re a newbie, the sheer variety of online dessert recipes can confuse you.
So, it is always better to stick with just one or two sources of information – a site or cookbook will normally use the same units of measurement throughout, so you can never go wrong with proportions and taste. We recommend looking through the dessert recipes on the Milkmaid website: they are simple to create and full of flavour.
You can also ask for help in case you’re stuck or if you got something wrong, from people who are adept at making desserts.
Now go ahead and wow her
When creating a dessert for your special partner, it helps to keep a few things in mind:
* Keep in mind what she likes. She might not be a dessert lover, or might like desserts that are lightly sweetened. In this case, making sugar-intensive gulab jamun might not be such a great idea. Try a light pudding or ice cream topped with dry fruit.
* Keep it simple. Since you’re a dessert novice, you would do better to start with a simple recipe with few ingredients. This reduces the chances of error. Also, the fewer the ingredients, the more manageable the dessert recipe becomes, and you might not have too much prep or cook time involved either. Go with a simple fruit ice cream – check the recipe on the Milkmaid website – which has about four to five ingredients, and small prep time. But do allow enough time for cold desserts like ice creams to set before they can be eaten.
* Have the right serving bowls and spoons in place. Dessert is served in its own set of plates and bowls, depending on what it is. Even dessert spoons are smaller and daintier than teaspoons. Since it’s a special occasion and you want everything to be just right, you might consider investing in glass bowls and dessert spoons for the evening.
* Lay the table with flowers. A candlelit dinner needs a special ambience to become truly romantic. Lay a new tablecloth, set out expensive crockery and cutlery, have a floral centrepiece and dim the lights when she arrives. Not only will the ambience take her breath away, she will be left completely speechless with the meal and the dessert you made especially for her.